Hello Everybody -
I have been dealing with back issues and pain for a long time, I have something wrong with almost every inch of my spine from stem to stern. 5 years ago I went to a doctor who told me a needed Anterior Cervical surgery with instrumented fusion ( he referred to a cage). When he told me they go thru the front of the neck - well, let's just say- here I am 5 yrs later and all of my symptoms have become much worse - the only thing that helped me was prednisone, but we all know the long term effects of that. Still my legs and arms are weak, hard to walk and in contant pain. So here I am scheduled to have surgery this week with a different surgeon and he is going to do a Anterior Cervical Disectomy & Fusion C5-C6/C6-C7.
Needless to say I am scared to death, not because of the pain but because of the swallowing issues after surgery.
Also, if anyone could help me out as to why one doctor would suggest a cage and another a plate?
I am looking at some posts on the internet and alot of people seem to have problems with the screws becomming loose etc. and having surgery to have the plate removed.
Can anyone tell me the actual success rate to this surgery?
Thank you in advance for any help in this matter.